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Memsahib: Who Are You?

Interestingly, American author Ernest Hemingway used the quaint word memsahib to refer to the wife of an Englishman in his short story The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber set in Africa in the 1930s. How the word, which originated in colonial India, travelled from the eastern to the western world, its patriarchal and colonial connotations and its subsequent distortion over time are some of things dwelt upon in this article.
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